public official

noun

Legal Definition of public official

: public officer specifically : a person holding a public office the nature of which requires that in order for the person to prevail in a defamation action he or she must show actual malice on the part of the defendant — compare public figure

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“Public official.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/public%20official. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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